With Valentine's Day just a few days away, love is in the air—that is for everyone but Delta and Coca-Cola. The two brands are embroiled in somewhat of a controversy that occurred recently.
In a joint announcement, Delta and Coca-Cola have both issued an apology for the controversial napkins that they recently provided for air travelers. The napkins that many complained were offensive were inscribed with the wording "write down your telephone number and give it to your plane crush."
Featuring the iconic Coca-Cola logo on one side with the above phrase, on the reverse side displayed "because you're on a plane full of interesting people and hey…you never know." The wording went on to say "be a little old school, write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…"
There were two lines on one side of the napkin, that instructed you to write down your name and your phone number. When the passengers realized what they were seeing, they took to social media criticizing what appeared to be the two brands attempt at romance.
One passenger tweeted about what many thought to be a creepy idea and reminding the brands responsible that even in the "good old days" unsolicited phone numbers weren't anymore appreciated than they are today. Not to mention that most people would not want the personal information of someone who may have been obsessing on them during a long flight.
Another passenger posted that the attempt was pretty much a big ol swing and a miss. That even after reading the small print, they pretty much had the same thought as the general consensus on the whole idea being just plain creepy. Yet another passenger posted that the airline needed to remove the napkins, immediately, followed by #Timesup and #boycottcoke.
Both brands apologized with Delta stating that in hindsight they admit they apparently missed the mark on this idea. An airline insider reported: "We are sorry for that and began removing the napkins from our aircraft in January." Coca-Cola went on to assure that for their part they will be replacing the offense napkins with an entirely different design. They then went on to ensure future passengers that they worked with Delta to remove all the offensive napkins, replacing them as soon as possible.
With all this said, not everyone found the napkins that offensive. Those who were on the opposite side of the debate posted that the napkins were amusing, and offered their support. These individuals took the time to remind the brands that there are always those that get mad and find the offensive in everything.
So, what's the verdict—you decide.
Were the phrases on the napkins indeed as offensive as some have stated?